Intel Core i7 3960X 

Released November, 2011
  • 3.3 GHz
  • Hexa core
  • Unlocked

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 3960X

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3960X
63.21 fps
Core i5 3470
85.22 fps
A8 3800
n.d.

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
18,528
A8 3800
4,656
Core i5 3470
9,436

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
3,267
A8 3800
1,308
Core i5 3470
2,983

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
2,595,000 MB/s
A8 3800
102,500 MB/s
Core i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
19,457
A8 3800
4,510
Core i5 3470
9,226

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
20,406
Core i5 3470
10,031
A8 3800
n.d.

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 3960X
12,802
A8 3800
3,064
Core i5 3470
6,607

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 3960X
2,015
A8 3800
860
Core i5 3470
1,906

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 3960X


8.0

8.0

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz
Cores Hexa core
Socket type LGA 2011
Is unlocked Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR3-1066
  4. DDR3
Channels Quad Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 12 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 2,270,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 33
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 156
Overclocked clock speed 4.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.58 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,065.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.76 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W
Annual home energy cost 56.39 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 184.84 $/year
Performance per watt 5.04 pt/W
Idle power consumption 73.9W
Peak power consumption 211W
Typical power consumption 176.72W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s
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